Have you ever heard that earwigs crawl into your ears at night while you sleep? Well, if you have, please understand that it is a myth. They do not crawl into human ears. Most people fear these critters because of the pinchers they have on their tail end. However, those pinchers are used to protects themselves and be defensive when predators attack them. Earwigs produce foul smells to protect them from their predators, as well. They each leave a pheromone trail so other earwigs can follow them and be close together. If you have seen earwigs in or around your home, call the real Nashville Pest Control and ask them to rid of them for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Earwigs actually have two different colors on their bodies. They are dark brown and somewhat of a reddish brown. They are about 5/8 of an inch, and have pinchers on their tail end to fight off predators. The male earwigs’ pinchers are more curved than the females. Female’s pinchers appear straight. The correct term for these pinchers are “cerci.” Earwigs undergo gradual metamorphosis, where the eggs are laid, hatched, then shed their skins to grow into new skin. Adult earwigs can survive season changes throughout the year, therefore making them active year round.
Habitat and Behavior:
Usually, earwigs prefer to be in damp, cooler areas such as gardens. Because they live in damp and cool areas like gardens, they tend to find their way into the plants that are on your porch or deck. They are mostly active during the night, and when it is day time, they hide in cracks and crevices, or in flowerbeds. Earwigs feed on other insects and on plants. They are attracted to light, making them more of a nuisance on your porches or patios.
Level of Danger:
Earwigs are not dangerous towards humans. However, if they feel threatened, they will pinch you. They are more of a nuisance than dangerous.
Signs of Infestation:
Most homeowners notice them in garage areas, bathroom, or kitchen areas where there could be water. They can turn up anywhere inside the house, but they are primarily found outside.
There are several things you could do to prevent earwigs from invading your property. Since earwigs, and most insects, are attracted to lights, switch your outdoor lighting from white to yellow bulbs. Most insects are attracted to white lights. Another thing you could do is control the humidity in and around the house. This will help dry out most of the moisture that these pests are looking for around the home. One more thing you could do is clean out gutter areas, and downspouts to make sure they drain properly. If you have an earwig infestation, the best thing you can do is call the real Nashville Pest Control to solve the issue for you.